Pratt Nature Center's Happy Hour Book Club

Strengthening your connection to the natural world can leave you smarter, happier and healthier.

August's Book Selection

August’s Title: Our Symphony With Animals by Dr. Aysha Akhtar

August Meeting: Wednesday, 8/28 @ 6:00 pm

From the publisher:

Deftly combining medicine, social history and personal experience, Our Symphony with Animals is the first book by a physician to show how deeply the well-being of humans and animals are entwined.

Interwoven throughout is Dr. Akhtar’s own story of being a young girl who was bullied in school and sexually abused by her uncle. Feeling abandoned by humanity, it was only when she met Sylvester, a dog who had also been abused, that she found strength for both of them.

Against the backdrop of her inspiring story, Dr. Akhtar asks, what do we gain when we recognize our kinship with animals? She travels around the country to tell the stories of a varied cast of characters―including a former mobster, an industrial chicken farmer, a Marine veteran―and comes face to face with a serial killer.

Through storytelling that is entertaining, profound, and touching, Dr. Akhtar reveals what happens when we both break and forge bonds with animals. She demonstrates how humans are neurologically designed to empathize with animals, and how violence against them goes against our nature. In equal measure, the love and friendship we give to other species biologically reverberates back to us.

This won't be your average book club.

Join us on the last Wednesday of the month from 6:00 – 7:00ish for a lively conversation sure to make you think and maybe even inspire. Each month’s book will help shine some light on all the different ways we connect to the natural world. From hiking to wellness to farming, physics, plants and who knows what else, there will be something for everyone. And if a particular title isn’t for you, don’t worry about it. We’ll see you for the next one!

It wouldn’t be Happy Hour without food and drink, though. Each meeting is BYOB but we’ll provide some light snacks.

But that’s not all. Each month, we’ll also send out links to optional podcasts, articles and videos that compliment our book choice to give you even more to consider. When we can, we’ll also feature guest speakers that will help frame our reading within a local perspective.

Come treat yourself to an hour of great ideas and conversation!

Happy Hour Book Club is a free program intended for adults.  A suggested $5 donation is appreciated when attending meetings to help cover the cost of delicious snacks

Click here to register for Happy Hour Book Club

I’ve registered but where do I get the book?

The Bank Street Book Nook, our local, independent book store here in New Milford, is a great resource as well as with the amazing New Milford Public Library.  If you’re having trouble finding the book, just let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

Bank Street Book Nook

New Milford Public Library

Wondering what we’ve read? Want to catch up?

February: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

March: Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

April: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

May: Farmacology by Daphne Miller, M.D.

June: Storm in a Teacup by Helen Czerski

July: Slime by Ruth Kassinger